What Is a Chaplain?

By definition, chaplains are members of the clergy who are attached to a military body, law enforcement agency, fire department, or other institution. The word itself dates back to the fourth century and to a pagan Roman soldier called Martin of Tours.  Legend has it that Martin encountered a beggar shivering from the cold and that he promptly gave him part of his military cloak.  That night he had a vision of Christ dressed in that same cloak.  As a result, Martin was converted to Christianity, and his cloak became a holy object that was carried into battle by kings.  In those days, this cape was called the “cappa” and its caretaker the “cappellanus.”  Eventually, in this tradition, all clergy affiliated with the military were called “capallani,” from which we get our word “chaplain.”    
 

Our Chaplain Ministry

With numerous veterans and emergency services workers in our congregation, it is no wonder that our people love to serve those who serve.  Since 2000, PFWBC has taken an active role in chaplaincy, the support of our troops, and a ministry to the community. Currently we support chaplains serving the following:
 
  • Morristown Police Department
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol
  • Tennessee Army National Guard
  • US Army Reserves
  • US Army
  • Cocke County Fire Department
  • International Conference of Police Chaplains Disaster Response Team
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